Engraved t.p. by Johan Theodor de Bry. Port. of Jean Jacques Boissard, p. . Images of Greek gods and the 9 muses are followed by those of 8 classical poets. Most of the plates that are signed are by Johann Theodor de Bry, but five are by Robert Boissard after Jean Jacques Boissard, with one more signed B.F. A few woodcut head- and tail-pieces, foliated initials
At the end of the Getty copy there are mounted 18 engravings together with explanatory letterpress, taken from the following work in two parts: I. Acta Mechmeti I Saracenorum principis, natales, vitam, victorias, imperium et mortem eius ominosam complectentia... II. Vaticinia Severi et Leonis in oriente impp.... interitum regni Turcici sub Mechmete hoc III praedicentia / iconibus artificiose in aere sculptis... per Io. Theodorum & Io. Israelem de Bry fratres (Frankfurt, 1597). The engraved t.p. is mounted on the verso of the last plate of Boissard's Parnassus, and the prints continue over three added leaves of wove paper and the back pastedown
The 18 prints have mostly been trimmed to the plate mark, and captions are sometimes mounted separately. Prints from pt. I (Acta Mechmeti) have single-line borders drawn in green ink on the page on which they are mounted, while the smaller emblematic prints from pt. II (Vaticinia) are mounted within frames drawn in the same ink. Tipped onto the back pastedown is a hand-written sheet signed "Don Diego," with a note added at the foot: Fly leaf of de Brys Mechmitis
Binding: later decorated paper, back & corners of red goatskin. Page edges red
Front free endpaper recto inscribed at the upper right: B 59 / Corbyn Barrow / Lancaster / 1849. Title page of Acta Mechmeti signed by Gualterus Neale
No table of contents. Irregular pagination. Only right leaves containing illustrations are numbered.